Umzingwane CEO cancels retirement plan

BY SILISIWE MABALEKA
The Director General (CEO) of UMZINGWANE Rural District Council, Ndumiso Mpofu, has reversed his decision to retire under unclear circumstances.

Sources said Mpofu informed the rural district council at a meeting on June 10 that he would retire early.

He reportedly said his early retirement was to protect the council’s image after he was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission for abuse of office last year.

Mpofu confirmed that he withdrew his resignation letter.

“I had said I would retire, but on Friday I withdrew my resignation offer. I have things I’m supposed to look into,” Mpofu said.

Following his arrest last year, Mpofu appeared in the Esigodini Magistrates’ Court on charges of Abuse of Rights as defined in Section 174 of Chapter 9:23 of the Criminal Law (Codification) Act to be trained).

Prosecutor Vusani Moyo said Mpofu illegally sold stalls worth US$76,000 to a mining company. The land in question has been designated for a community sports center to be built by a company known as Trukumb Mining (Pvt) Ltd.

The stands were reportedly sold without a tender and without council approval.

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